Pace stunned by Revis signing with Pats

March, 19, 2014
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A lot of people expected former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis to sign with the New England Patriots. Calvin Pace wasn't one of them.

"That's the last place I ever expected him to go play at," Pace said Wednesday, adding that it's a "good situation" for Revis.

Pace, speaking to reporters a day after signing his two-year, $5 million contract, admitted he has mixed feelings about the Jets' current cornerback situation. Asked if he's concerned about the gaping hole (Antonio Cromartie's old spot), Pace said, "Yes and no." He said he has faith in the current players on the roster, but he's rooting for a Cromartie return. Pace was in the same situation last year. He was released for cap purposes and later re-signed for less money.

"It's sad to see Cro leave," he said. "Hopefully, we can get him back. I hope that’s in the plan. … I've been following what's going on. I know they had (Dominique) Rodgers-Cromartie in and it didn’t work out. You have to be patient. Hopefully, the fans can be patient. There is a plan. There is a method to this madness of free agency."

As for his own situation, Pace said he never wanted to sign elsewhere during free agency. Unless something crazy happens over the next few months, he'll go into training camp as the starting strong-side linebacker. He posted a career-high 10 sacks last season.

"I knew where I wanted to be," he said. "The fact of the matter is, there's not a whole lot of interest for a 33-year-old player. That's just the way things are these days. I'm fine with that. I'm blessed to be where I wanted to be."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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